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Stephanie Lloyd

Département d’anthropologie

Directrice de programmes de 1er cycle en anthropologie, Professeure titulaire

418 656-2131, poste 407663


Pavillon Charles-De Koninck Local 6409

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I am medical anthropologist whose research examines the production of molecular models that attempt to correlate early experiences to behaviours and traits later in life. I have two research projects in progress:

The first is an ethnographic project, with Angela Filipe (McGill University) and Eugene Raikhel (University of Chicago), examining the construction of epigenetic models of suicide risk. This project, entitled "Situating Suicide Risk: An inquiry into the production of the lives and afterlives of neurobiological vulnerability”, is funded by an Operating Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2019-2024). Epigenetics is a field that explores the ways in which the expression of DNA is modified by environmental factors both during the life of individuals and potentially transmitted between generations. I am particularly interested in how the social environment is conceived of in this research as well as temporal understandings of risk in these models. The project examines the tensions between the interests of researchers in studying the complexity of the links between environment and human development and their strategic need to control the environment in research protocols. More broadly, my research questions the impact of epigenetic models on theories of development and human plasticity.

My second project, in collaboration with Michele Friedner (University of Chicago), is funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is entitled "When Deaf People Hear: A Study at the Intersection of Neuroplasticity, Technological Interventions, and Experiences in the Grey Zone of Deaf and Hearing” (2017-2019). Our goal through this pilot project, and later full-fledged, is to document emerging understandings “hearing” by people who are deaf. Research includes perspectives from scientific and clinical research as well as the experiences of deaf people who use cochlear implants. Through this research, we want to develop a new genealogy of deafness that can include hearing. In doing so, we will build bridges between traditionally distant disciplines such as Deaf Studies, on the one hand, and cochlear implantation researchers on the other. This project examines pressing contemporary issues through an ethnographic study of the effects of bionic technologies that are becoming a norm.

Selected Research Projects

2019-24          CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Situating Suicide Risk: An inquiry into the production of the lives and afterlives of neurobiological vulnerability. Principal investigator: Stephanie Lloyd. Co-applicants: Angela Filipe, Eugene Raikhel, Amélie Quesnet-Vallée, Delphine Collin-Vézina, Gustavo Turecki, Naguib Mechawar, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Pierre-Éric Lutz. Collaborator: Alexandre Larivée. Budget $455 176. 

2019-21           Wellcome Trust Small Grant, Biosocial Birth Cohort Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Network. PI: Sahra Gibbon; Collaborators: Amber Benezra, Michelle Kelly-Irving, Angela Filipe, Silvia Stringhini, Elizabeth FS Roberts, Silvia Fraga, Martha M Téllez-Rojo, Nina Hallowell, Martine Lappé, Michelle Pentecost, Janelle Lamoureaux, Yvonne Kelly, Susana Silva, Arachu Castro, Barbara Prainsack. Budget: $47 011

2017-19          Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development, When Deaf People Hear: A Study at the Intersection of Neuroplasticity, Technological Interventions, and Experiences in the Grey Zone of Deaf and Hearing. Principal investigator: Stephanie Lloyd. Co-investigator: Michele Friedner. Budget $63 736. 

2015-18          FQRSC (Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture) Operating grant (jeunes professeurs-chercheurs programme), L’empreinte de la vie : tracer la production des modèles d’incorporation épigénétiques. PI: Stephanie Lloyd. Budget: $50 091. 

2014-16          Fonds de démarrage de la Faculté des sciences sociales, Université Laval. PI: Stephanie Lloyd. Budget: $10 000. 

2014-15          Brocher Foundation Workshop Grant, Environmental Epigenetics and the Promise of Biosocial Science. Co-PIs: Stephanie Lloyd and Eugene Raikhel. Budget: $9640 

2013-17           CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Standard Operating Grant, “Neurosciences Neurosciences and the Afterlife of Death: Re-imagining Notions of Suicidal Risk”. PI: Stephanie Lloyd; Co-Investigators: Eugene Raikhel (University of Chicago), Suparna Choudhury (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), Laurence Kirmayer (McGill University), Gustavo Turecki (McGill University), Fabrice Jollant (McGill University), Budget: $158 000.

Research interests

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology of medicine
  • Anthropology of psychiatry
  • Social change
  • Epigenetics
  • Ethnography
  • Social studies of science
  • France
  • Genetics
  • Senses
  • Models of neuroplasticity
  • Neuroscience
  • Suicide
  • Deafness
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Trauma
  • Mood and anxiety disorders